I've used Zone Alarm for many years. As matter of fact, I use their combination free anti-virus/spyware/firewall and it works well for me. As far as their toolbar and homepage change, I used change the page back and uninstall the toolbar and, boom,, they're gone and everything works fine. :thumbsup:
I know that Checkpoint tries to promote their products, etc. but I just ignore them.
I guess it's all a matter of taste--what one one wants, right?